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One of the world's most prestigious competitions for professional documentary photographers, World Press Photo, has announced its winners for 2010.

The competition, now in its 53rd year, received over 100,000 entries for the main award which includes a cash prize and a Canon digital SLR. Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo took out the World Press Photo of the year with an image of women protesting election results from a rooftop in Tehran. Amongst the other winners were three Australian photographers; Adam Ferguson, Craig Golding and Justin McManus.

Click through our gallery for some of the winning images. To see more, visit the World Press Photo official site. The World Press Photo exhibition will be on show from 5-27 June at Brisbane's Powerhouse, and 3-25 July at Sydney's State Library of NSW.

World Press Photo of the year

Caption by / Photo by Pietro Masturzo

First prize Spot News Singles

Caption by / Photo by Adam Ferguson, VII Mentor Program for The New York Times

First prize People in the News Stories

Caption by / Photo by Charles Ommanney, Getty Images for Newsweek

First prize Sports Action Singles

Caption by / Photo by Gareth Copley, Press Association

First prize Sports Action Stories

Caption by / Photo by Donald Miralle, Jr

First prize Sports Features Stories

Caption by / Photo by Elizabeth Kreutz

First prize Contemporary Issues Stories

Caption by / Photo by Eugene Richards, reportage by Getty Images for The Sunday Times Magazine/Paris Match

First prize Portraits Singles

Caption by / Photo by Laura Pannack, Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian Weekend magazine

First prize Arts and Entertainment Singles

Caption by / Photo by Malick Sidibé, The New York Times Magazine

First prize Arts and Entertainment Stories

Caption by / Photo by Kitra Cahana, Fabrica for Colors

First prize Nature Singles

Caption by / Photo by Joe Petersburger, National Geographic Image Collection

First prize Nature Stories

Caption by / Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
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